Structured Techniques for Successful End User Spreadsheets

Structured Techniques for Successful End User Spreadsheets

Harry Benham (Montana State University, USA), Michael Delaney (Saint Joseph’s University, USA) and Andrew Luzi (California State University, Fullerton, USA)
Copyright: © 1993 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/joeuc.1993040102
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Abstract

This paper presents specific suggestions for managers who supervise end users who develop spreadsheets. It proposes the adoption of a specific, operational analysis and design tool for spreadsheets, a compatible spreadsheet structure, and concrete spreadsheet standards. End User computing literature identifies a number of risks associated with end user computing and it attributes many of those risks to end users’ lack of familiarity with good software development practices. Good software development practices begin with analysis and design. The proposed spreadsheet analysis and design tool fosters end user analysis and design activities. The proposed spreadsheet structure follows from that tool and reinforces good software development techniques. Finally, the standards proposed encourage good programming practices. Adoption of this tool, its related structure, and the standards would be an instance of providing the type of end user support and end user tools required for successful end user computing.

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